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dumpy level

noun, Surveying
1.
an instrument consisting of a spirit level mounted under and parallel to a telescope, the latter being rigidly attached to its supports.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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dumpy level

noun
1.
(surveying) a levelling instrument consisting of a horizontal telescope with various rotational arrangements and a spirit level
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